Chicken Caesar salad | Summer salads #1

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This is the first video of our Summer Salads series. So,Ā keep an eye here to check them all!

To open the season, our favourite: Chicken Caesar salad, Aussie style! Yep,Ā AussiesĀ had the brilliant idea of adding hard boiled eggs and bacon to this salad. Yep, BACON my friend. That’s why I love this country. šŸ™‚

Ah! This recipe serves two people, or you can save half to have the next day for lunch or dinner.

Ingredients
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 hard boiled eggs, halved
  • 2 baby cos lettuces, coarsely torn (use any type of lettuce you like)
  • 20 grams of shaved parmesan cheese
  • Ā½ recipe of our homemade caesar salad dressing (recipe here)
Directions
  1. Chicken
    1. Season it with salt and black pepper according to your taste. Then let it rest in the fridge for 1 hour before cooking.
    2. Later, in a very hot fry-pan, cook the chicken breasts for about 3 minutes each side. Just enough to give them a beautiful golden brown colour. Take advantage of the heat and add the bacon as well.
    3. Pop them into the oven and roast for 10 minutes. It will cook the chicken through and keep its moisture.
    4. Let the chicken breasts rest a few minutes before slicing. About the bacon, let it cool down then cut in small pieces.
  2. Salad
    1. Place lettuce leaves, parmesan, and caesar salad dressing in a bowl.
    2. Combine all ingredients. The idea here is to distribute the dressing evenly through the lettuce leaves.
    3. Place the salad in a serving dish and add to the top slices of chicken breasts, plus both boiled eggs and garnish with bacon.
    4. It’s done! This recipe serves two people, or you can save half to have the next day for lunch or dinner. šŸ™‚

Tonchang Korean BBQ | Shin-Okubo – Tokyo

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Tonchang entrance
Tonchang entrance

I ā¤ļø BBQ in general, so I obviously love Korean BBQ as well!
No kidding, the tender and fatty meat, char-grilled, getting crispier andĀ tastier… hmmm I’m already hungry!

TonchangĀ restaurant, in Shin-Okubo serves a delicious Korean barbeque. There is a good variety of meats to choose fromĀ and it comes with many yummy Korean sides. I might say this is a good option for those following a low-carb diet or looking for something paleo-ish. I would only be extra careful with the sides as they may contain soy sauce and sugar.

My order

There were many Korean dishes available, but we decided to go with a traditional pork BBQ. Our choice was:

  • Ton-toro set: Pork neck slices
  • SidesĀ (IĀ don’t quite remember them all, but let’s try): lettuce, goma-abura (sesame oil with salt), tenjan (Korean miso), negi (seasoned shredded white scallions), radish kimchi, cabbage kimchi, yeongeun jorim (braisedĀ lotus root), mung (bean sprouts), and spinach with tofu.
Tonchang: Ton-toro BBQ set (pork neck slices)
Tonchang: Ton-toro BBQ set (pork neck slices)
Tonchang: Ton-toro BBQ set (sides)
Tonchang: Ton-toro BBQ set (sides)
How to eat it
This is how you’re supposed to eat

The traditional way to eat it is using a lettuce leave to wrap some piece ofĀ meat and some of the sides. Then just put everything into your mouth. Simple like that.

Be prepared to get your hands, literally, dirty. Same applies for your chest and arms. šŸ˜
Fat from the meat being cooked can splash on you (the restaurant provides a paper apron). Also, takes some time and practice to wrap your meat properly. Apart from the extra work, it’s definitely a great experience and the food is simply delicious, worth a try!

The verdict

I loved this wrap-your-way idea. It was wonderful to play with the flavours and trying different sides each time. Another delicious thing was the kimchi portion they add to the grill to cook with the meat. It adds a kick to the meat. YUM!

An important note, the sides are refillable. So feel free to ask for more whenever or whatever you liked the most!

About the English:Ā English menu available and staff can communicate just a little in English.

Bill: $2,594 Yen (A$33) – BBQ for two and no drinks.

Exact location: https://goo.gl/maps/YiqGj25qkuM2Ā (This restaurant is located on the first floor.)

More information:Ā www.tonchang.com

Avocado & chia pudding | Low Carb Breakfast #1

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This is the first video of a Low Carb Breakfast series we created. So many delicious things we prepared to show you!Ā Can’t wait to post all recipes. šŸ™‚

To start, I decided to bring you a refreshing breakfast option: an Avocado & Chia pudding.Ā This is perfect for a hot summer morning, refreshing and super filling. The recipe is enough for two servings, but you can double (or even triple) it to make extra servings for other days or maybe somebody you like.

Ingredients
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 and Ā½ cups (300 ml) of coconut cream
  • Ā½ cup (120ml) of water
  • Half lime/lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • Coconut flakes to garnish
  • Sweetener to taste (we didn’t useĀ any, this is totallyĀ up to you).
Directions
  1. Add to a blender, the avocado, coconut cream, and lemon juice. Blend until you get a nice and smooth mixture.
  2. Turn off the blender and mix in the chia seeds.
  3. Pour the mixture into a container and refrigerate it for at least 3 hours (overnight is better).
  4. It’s done! Garnish it with some coconut flakes before serving.

Tokyo Buffet Station | Daimaru – Tokyo

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Tokyo Station Buffet entrance
Tokyo Station Buffet entrance

What the heck am I doing atĀ a restaurant buffet in Tokyo?Ā Well, I just wanted a break of the ramen landĀ and have a regular plate with salad, veggies, and some meat. That’s it. šŸ™‚ Simple pleasures!

Tokyo Station Buffet is an all-inclusive restaurant building located atĀ the Daimaru building food court. It’s a perfect option for people following a low carb diet, or simply general diets (as long you have enough self-control to not overeat in this type of restaurant). There is traditionalĀ Japanese food available, as well a huge variety of salads, veggies, and meat such asĀ beef, pork, seafood, and chicken.

Desserts and non-alcoholic drinks are included too. I lovedĀ to have some fruit asĀ my dessert and the opportunity to try a little bit of the Japanese thingsĀ is always a great plus. šŸ™‚

My choices

As it was a buffet restaurant, I tried to get a little bit of the manyĀ options available. Here is what I got:

  • Main:Ā roasted chicken, pan-fried pork and a variety of salad and veggies available there.
  • Dessert:Ā fresh pineapple, watermelon, pears, and apples. Chesnuts, red bean paste, mochi (Japanese rice balls) and a jelly that I still have no idea what flavour it was :P.
Main dish - variety of meat and vegetables.
Main:Ā variety of meat and vegetables.
Dessert: fruit and some traditional Japanese sweets.
Dessert: fruit and some traditional Japanese sweets.

Now let’s talk seriously. What are all those small divisions in thisĀ plate? Come on, Japan! I really think that small portionsĀ are lovely but not in an ALL-INCLUSIVE restaurant? AĀ flat plate next time will be helpful would be more interesting, in my opinion.

Apart of that, I liked their food. It was good to have some salad and fruit for a change. Also, if you are not sure about trying some traditional Japanese food, this is a good opportunity to give them a try, as you can easilyĀ have small bits of everything.

The verdict

It is not a special place, although definitely a greatĀ choice to have a break fromĀ ramen, sushis, and rice bowls. Plus, you can use this opportunity to refill your body with fresh salad and fruit (kinda hard to get salad there).

About the English:Ā Mostly all options in the buffet have a tag with their English name and staff can communicate just OKĀ in English.

Bill: $1,944 Yen (A$ 25) per person, all-you-can-eat style (includingĀ non-alcoholic drinks)

Exact location:Ā www.goo.gl/maps/4BTnRB7a8gtĀ (the restaurant is inside the Daimaru building, on level 12.)

Now I’ll leave you with the view from the restaurant. šŸ˜‰

Tokyo Station Buffet view
Tokyo Station Buffet view

Banana and chocolate ganache pie #glutenfreeļ»æ

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This is that kind of recipe you can make for a celebration and rest assured everybody present on the day will be super impressed and be instantaneouslyĀ tempted to try it. šŸ™‚

I know it might seem like a lot of work at first glance, but hang with me for a second;Ā if it’s something you’re making for a special occasion, it needs to be pretty, delicious and, of course, perfect! Let’s be honest, you don’t have a gluten-free banana and chocolate ganache pie in front of you that often, do you? So why not treat yourself and your guests by having this beauty for a party?

Ingredients
  • For the pie
    • 1 pie crust (recipe here)
    • 1 cup of chocolate ganache (recipe here – this is optional and just for the record, Iā€™m using the dairy free version)
  • Cream cheese filling
    • 250 grams of cream cheese (at room temperature)
    • 10 pitted dates, soaked (at least 2 hours)
    • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
    • 1 cup (250 ml) of pure cream, whipped
    • 2 ripe bananas, sliced (or enough to make a base)
    • Ā¼ cup (40 ml) of melted dark chocolate (Iā€™m using here 90%)
  • To garnish
    • Some leftovers of the sliced banana we used for the filling
    • Juice from 1 small lemon
    • 1/2 cup (125 ml) of pure cream, whipped and flavoured with vanilla extract
    • Some shaved dark chocolate (again, using here 90%)
Directions
  1. Pie crust
    1. Get your pie crust recipe and make sure to prepare it in advance as we need this crust completely cool.
  2. Cream cheese filling
    1. In a food processor add the cream cheese, dates, and vanilla extract. Blend everything until smooth, reserve.
    2. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer (or your hands if you are in the mood to work out), whip the pure cream until firm.
    3. Fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture very gently. Reserve.
  3. Chocolate ganache (optional)
    1. Get your chocolate ganache recipe here and make sure to prepare it in advance as we also need the ganache completely cool.
  4. Assembling the pie
    1. Get the melted chocolate and brush all over the interior of the pie crust. This is to isolate the crust and to prevent it from getting soaked.
    2. Make a bed of sliced bananas, just enough to cover all the surface.
    3. Pour in the cream cheese filling then the chocolate ganache layer at the top. If you feel the first layer is not firm enough, just pop the pie into the fridge for around 30 minutes to set before adding the chocolate ganache.
    4. Cover all the surface with more sliced bananas. Next, brush over them the lemon juice (this will prevent the bananas from getting darker).
    5. Garnish with whipped cream and some shaved dark chocolate.
    6. Enjoy this treat in moderation – if you can.Ā šŸ˜‰